Proactive Contextual Decision Support for Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Period of Performance: 07/01/2013 - 04/30/2014

$80K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Pacific Science & Engineering Group, Inc.
9180 Brown Deer Road Array
San Diego, CA 92121
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Georgia Tech Research Corp.
Office of Sponsored Programs
Atlanta, GA 30332
Institution POC

Abstract

Decision making is driven by context. Context can be hard to operationalize and harness to the design of decision support systems. Modern military task displays often omit important context which can lead to singificant errors. This problem is exemplified in undersea warfare and specifically contact management for safe littoral navigation. In littoral navigation, workload may be high and team members operating in discrete roles may proceed without awareness of important general context. This proposal addresses these issues by pairing PSEês expertise in designing scientifically principled interfaces to support challenging cognitive and collaborative tasks with Georgia Techês expertise in the cognitive science of the role of context in decision making. This proposal uses contact management and navigation in the littoral environment as an illustrative test case for the creation of PDS elements that integrate context into decision tools. Critically, rather than indiscriminate the unprincipled addition of context to current decision tools, we will utilize current decision science research to incorporate context into decision systems in a scientifically principled, intelligent, and effective way. Our proposal outlines the steps needed to combine current research with practice to create concept PDS elements supporting modern operational decision-making through the effective and appropriate integration of context.